The nose is a very central and prominent feature of the face. Disproportions in the nose can affect self-image and confidence. Additionally, patients can experience breathing problems caused by nasal stricture. In both of these instances, surgery of the nose may be a good option.
Nasal surgery can reduce or increase the overall size of the nose, remove a hump, decrease the span of the nostrils, alter the bridge or tip of the nose, change the angle between the upper lip and nose, or correct nasal deformities or structural abnormalities that cause breathing problems. If you have breathing problems, surgery of the nose is considered reconstructive and may be covered by insurance.
Surgery of the nose can be accomplished either using a closed procedure (where incisions are made inside the nose and are hidden) or using an open procedure (where an incision is made across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils). The chosen approach depends on your specific desires and your surgeons recommendations.
Cartilage grafted from other areas of your body can be used to augment nasal structures. Once the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, the skin is redraped and incisions are closed. Packing and splints will be used to keep the nose in place as it begins to heal. Swelling after surgery is common and will subside within a few weeks.